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India in growth rec extreme centralisation of power in PMO not good: Rajan

Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan said India is in the midst of a growth recession with signs of deep malaise in the Indian economy that is being run through extreme centralisation of power in Prime Minister s Office and powerless ministers. Penning down his recommendations to help the ailing Indian economy out of the ongoing slowdown in the India Today magazine, he called for reforms to liberalise capital, land and labour markets, and spur investment as well as growth. He also urged India to join free trade agreements judiciously in order to boost competition and improve domestic efficiency. To understand what has gone wrong, we need to start first with the centralised nature of the current government. Not just decision-making but also ideas and plans emanate from a small set of personalities around the Prime Minister and in the Prime Minister s Office (PMO). That works well for the party s political and social agenda, which is well laid out, and where ...

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